Nuclear: Iran makes concessions, the United States prolongs the suspense

A senior US official said on Tuesday that Iran had dropped its request to block certain IAEA inspections, a major concession that could revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.

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In addition to the restrictions on the nuclear program that Iran would have to implement, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) would once again be able to oversee the most drastic inspection regime ever, making it possible to detect any attempt by Iran to secretly develop a nuclear weapon said the official on condition of anonymity.

According to Washington, Iran also in recent days dropped another requirement to lift the Revolutionary Guards’ designation as a terrorist organization, according to the same source.

For months, Tehran has tied any deal to a removal of the Revolutionary Guards, the Islamic Republic’s ideological army, from the US blacklist of terrorist organizations. But this demand was categorically refused by the United States and no longer appears in the last text on the negotiating table.

Thousands of centrifuges soon to be dismantled?

The Iranian nuclear negotiations aim to save the international agreement concluded in 2015 with the Tehran regime by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, United States, France, United Kingdom and Russia ) plus Germany, from which Washington withdrew in 2018 under President Donald Trump.

The US official also dismissed any notion of US concessions, saying it is ” Iran which has made concessions on important issues “.

There are still disparities to overcome but were we to reach an agreement to return to the nuclear deal (of 2015), Iran would have to take many significant steps aimed at dismantling its nuclear program “, he added.

Among these, Iran would be prohibited from enriching uranium beyond 3.67% and storing more than 300 kilos of it until 2031, and thousands of centrifuges would be stopped and dismantled, including those of the Fordow plant, according to this source.

The long-awaited response from the United States

Iran for its part has asked some adjustments to the proposed agreement submitted by the European Union to the participants in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue, said Tuesday the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

In an interview with Spanish National Television, Mr. Borrell confirmed that “ the biggest part of the participants had accepted the Iranian demands, the content of which he did not reveal, and that only ” lack the response from the United States “.

The United States on Monday denied delaying these negotiations and indicated that it would continue ” to examine Iranian responses, assuring that Washington would respond as soon as that this review and consultations (will) be completed “.

A meeting could be held this week in Vienna, Mr. Borrell said Monday.

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